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Jersey Shore football routs Milton 62-7, improves to 7-0

EVAN WHEATON/Sun-Gazette Jersey Shore football gathers in a huddle prior to a game against Milton Friday night at Danville.

DANVILLE — In just the first 24 minutes of play, Jersey Shore football accumulated 37 points, 297 total yards of offense, one interception and limited Milton’s offense to 128 yards to keep the clock running Friday.

Through the first six games of the season, the Bulldogs have outscored opponents 232-55. That figure was bolstered with a 62-7 win over the Black Panthers at Ironmen Stadium.

The point differential on the season starts with the guys up front.

“It’s our offensive line, mainly,” Jersey Shore senior Conner Davis said. “Just keep pounding the rock and whatever we can do to get that clock running in the second half, we want to do.”

Davis has filled in on the offensive line, but he’s in his element as a defensive end. Late in the second quarter, Davis made an interception on a tipped pass to set up Jersey Shore (7-0) in the red zone. The Bulldogs cashed in with a run on the outside from Elijah Jordan for a score.

Peyton Samar also set up the Bulldogs’ offense with a 38-yard pick late in the fourth quarter resulting in a 14-yard scamper into the end zone for Nicholas Williams.

For a while, Milton (5-2) quarterback Xzavier Minium found success behind his offensive line with keepers up the middle for big gains.

“We got out of whack a little bit in some of our positioning,” Jersey Shore coach Tom Gravish said. “We didn’t come down and leverage the football. We made a couple, not adjustments, just small reminders of what we need to do to leverage the football.”

That leverage came with more three-and-outs for the remainder of the first half.

The Bulldogs scored on all six of their first-half possessions. Junior wide receiver Kooper Peacock caught a 22-yard pass on a broken play to cap off Jersey Shore’s eight-play, 59-yard opening march.

Peacock scored his second touchdown on the following drive via a 5-yard jet sweep, followed by a 43-yard field goal from Breck Miller. Peacock had a hat trick before halftime with a 42-yard reception. He also made a two-point conversion reception.

“We really improved our line blocking,” Gravish said. “We hit some big plays, make em’ motor and scoot.”

Senior Cayden Hess matched his jersey number with a 24-yard connection from junior quarterback Brady Jordan. Elijah Jordan Converted in the end zone on 4th and 2 to help give the Bulldogs a commanding 37-0 lead.

Different players filled in to get experience once the sizable cushion was obtained. The Bulldogs threw everything at the wall and tried to see what would stick. Davis included.

“I feel like we’ve all been working hard and coach Gravish taught me everything,” Davis said. “Coach Jackson too. We just keep pounding the rock and it’ll break sometime.”

Milton didn’t make its first stop until Jersey Shore’s first drive of the second half with an interception by Ashton Krall. For a while, the Black Panthers tightened up their defense and limited the Bulldogs to another field goal by Miller from 27 yards out.

Whatever faint signs of momentum there were for Milton ebbed away fast once the Black Panthers went three-and-out and Brady Jordan took it 52 yards to the house on a keeper to end another two-play drive.

The short drives lasting two or three plays that end in the end zone are quite common for the Bulldogs. Gravish said his guys know where they have to be, and that they know what works best for them.

“I think the kids know what their best plays are, their routes,” Gravish said.

The final play of the third quarter was a fumble on Milton recovered by Jersey Shore. The first play of the fourth quarter was a 10-yard rushing touchdown for Gabe Andrus.

With nine minutes left in the game, the Black Panthers finally got on the board with a 13-yard run from Brady Wolfe.

The next blip on the radar for the Bulldogs is a large one in the form of defending District 4 AAA champion Danville. Jersey Shore, despite rolling through its schedule, isn’t taking next week lightly.

“We’ve been saying for a couple weeks now, ‘Hey, this is like a playoff (game). It’s a playoff atmosphere,” Gravish said. “We’re practicing (and) treating it like it’s a playoff game and it won’t be any different this week. We’re just focusing solely on Danville.”

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